my name is Bina and I'm new to paleo.
I'm looking for recipes which I could cook and because I love to eat asian food, I'm wondering if it is safe to use ingredients like: soy sauce, thai fish sauce, oyster sauce or corn starch? It's not that big amount, mostly just 2-3 Tbsp.
Please help. Thanks. Bina
Arrowroot is pretty amazing for thickening. Looks just like cornstarch.
Wheat-free Tamari for soy sauce.
You could probably make up some fish sauce using the Tamari and various fish extract/concentrate/flavoring products.
It sounds like you are confusing paleo with a very low carb diet. Unfortunately the two have become entwined due to the fact that paleo like low carb is lower in carbs than a SAD diet.
However Paleo is about food quality - NOT about low carb. It is carb agnostic. You eat the carbs you need for your body type, metabolic state and activity level.
Paleo cuts out certain crappy carbohydrates, however you still need carbs.
So instead of grain based flour - corn, wheat, etc, you can use tuber starch - arrowroot, tapioca starch (from casava). A few teaspoons in cooking is really not very much as all.
The best fish sauce is Red Boat- no sugar added. They have two "strengths", and the 50 degree is more expensive but has more flavor and you can use less.
For soy sauce you can use tamari sauce (make sure it doesn't include wheat, read labels), or coconut aminos.
For thai fish sauce and oyster sauce read ingredients. If they include wheat or plain soy sauce then you might need to make these from scratch by yourself.
For corn starch you can use tapioca flour, or nothing. It's not always needed, even if a recipe calls for it.
Cornstarch is rather innocuous, I don't think going for an alternative over it is all that big of a deal. Health benefits from an alternative are minimal at best. You can use other starches, but they're still starches and you're only avoiding corn allergens. I have potato starch on hand for my thickening purposes, though I'm not really opposed to cornstarch if it's preferable for some reason.
Fish sauce, even if it contains sugar, is not a big deal either. The amount of added sugar is minimal, on the order of the sugars found in vegetables (i.e. not that freaking much).
Thanks for all your answers.
Perhaps I just have to sort my mind a little bit. In the last days I read a lot about Paleo and LCHF. For me, this to diets sounds very similar, but they are not really, they just have both some similar points.
I have to find out, what diet form I would like to follow ...
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